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September 29 - October 7, 2013
Considered the most vibrant and exciting city in Europe today, Berlin will mark the beginning of a meaningful journey that will ultimately take us to Jerusalem. Jewish history in Berlin is deep and long—with periods of turbulence and tragedy, but also enlightenment, prosperity and cultural achievement. Download PDF itinerary.
October 27-November 6, 2013
Legend has it that the Jewish presence in Argentina dates back to the 16th-century, when a number of Portuguese conversos, seeking refuge from the Inquisition, settled there. These first Jews practiced in secret and soon became assimilated into Argentine society. By the late 19th-century, they were joined by boatloads of Russian Jewish immigrants—the vanguard of the Jewish gauchos. Today, the 200,000 Jews of Argentina comprise the largest Jewish community in Latin America (one of the largest in the world). Download PDF itinerary.
November 4-17, 2013
To be in Italy is to be in the birthplace of European Judaism with Roman roots preceding the reign of Julius Caesar. Culturally, historically and spiritually, Italian Jewry is unique—considered neither Sephardic nor Ashkenazi. Download PDF itinerary.
Charleston, South Carolina
October 23 - 25, 2013
Charleston, South Carolina’s rich Jewish history sprang from an early tolerance that remains little-known. In 1695, Jews from England began to settle in this major port city. At the time of the Civil War, Charleston had the largest and wealthiest Jewish population in America. Download PDF Itinerary.
October 31-November 11, 2012
South Africa is a country of vast beauty with a bustling, modern, Western democracy, authentically African to its core. It excites you with its scenic wonders, teeming wild life and the majesty of its game parks, mountains and oceans while also offering charming, vibrant cosmopolitan cities.
First settled by European colonists in 1652 as a replenishment station for the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town), waves of Huguenot immigrants from Holland, France and Germany later followed seeking freedom from religious persecution. Large-scale immigration from Britain started early in the 19th century and led to the establishment of a British colony in 1910. Land program cost is $6950 per person, based on double occupancy, for those registering by March 15, 2012. Cost per person after March 15: $7200.
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October 30-November 12, 2012
Travel through magnificent countryside starting in Catalonia and on to Provence for immersion in the culture and heritage of this unique area. Along the way, we visit medieval castles, mikvehs, synagogues, amphitheaters, dynamic art museums and the fascinating architecture of Barcelona.
This region was once home to an unusual Jewish culture combining features of Northern European talmudism, Arabic philosophy and science, and a homegrown mysticism that became the Kabbalah. A spirit of enlightenment has prevailed in Provence for centuries, encouraged by the flight of many Spanish thinkers to the area when Jewish centers in Spain were destroyed. The cultural life of Provence has been considerably enriched as a result. Land program cost is $6950 before March 15, and $7200 after March 15. This trip is limited to 25 participants.
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October 3-4, 2012
As the birthplace of independence, Philadelphia has a longstanding place in American heritage. Less well known is that Jewish art and culture are sewn into the social fabric of this historic city.
We will visit the renowned Barnes Foundation, take an inside look at the University of Pennsylvania's Judaic Studies Center and more.
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Go on a mission to Cuba with the Jewish Theological Seminary. During this visit, we will meet with leaders of the Jewish community, learn about life on the island, bring with us humanitarian donations of medicine and clothing, attend services and join members of the Jewish community for dinner, and have the opportunity to see other places of interest.
Jewish settlers in Cuba date back centuries-from the first "conversos" who reached Cuba in 1492, through Jews fleeing Brazil in the 17th century. However, persecuted by the Inquisition, Jews had to flee Cuba during the 17th and 18th centuries and were only able ro begin returning after independence from Spain was achieved in 1898.
Travel with us as we learn about the Jewish community in Havana and some of the outlying provinces; visit Sephardic and Ashkenazi Synagogues; and meet Jewish community leaders as we travel through Cuba.
September 4-14, 2012
Scotland’s legends and folklore are permeated with Biblical allusions – including “Lia Fail,” the Stone of Destiny, (magical stone in Celtic mythology) which served as the coronation stone for the High Kings and is said to have been Jacob’s pillow in the Bible. However, while exactly when Jews first settled in Scotland is not known, there is evidence it dates back to the 13th century – with Jewish visitors and traders reaching Scotland possibly as far back as Roman times.
This exceptional “boutique” tour of Scotland will bring to life the heritage and tradition of the Jews of Scotland. Limited to 18 travelers, our journey will take us from majestic Edinburgh to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands. Along the way, we will experience Scotland’s awe-inspiring landscape, rugged coastline and verdant countryside, meet with members of the Jewish community in Edinburgh and Glasgow and enjoy deluxe, five star accommodations. Land Program cost is $5500. This exclusive trip is limited to 18 participants.
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October 30-November 10, 2011
Culturally, historically and spiritually, Italian Jewry is unique—considered neither Sephardi nor Ashkenazi. The Jews of Italy have always had their own distinct culture, religious rites and cuisine. Little-known is that Italy is the true birthplace of European Judaism with a community preceding the reign of Julius Caesar. During the Middle Ages, Italy played a critical role as a crossroads for Jews departing Spain and Germany while migrating east, serving as both refuge and ghetto. It is this seldom explored, extremely fascinating history and age-old culture that will animate this exclusive trip.
Program Land Cost: $6,800* (plus an Individual level or above Jewish Museum membership fee).*Per person, based on double occupancy. Limited to 25 participants.
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November 29-December 11, 2011
Morocco - exotic, mysterious and dramatic - a land of extremes - from high mountain peaks to deserts, lush valleys and kasbahs. Homeland to a unique Jewish culture that was formed during the age of Islamic ascendancy and later nourished with the spread of European culture in the Middle East.
Likened to the desert palm, “rooted in Africa, watered by Islam, and rustled by the winds of Europe,” Morocco combines African, Middle Eastern and European influence to create a magical kingdom unlike any other. The Jewish Museum trip to Morocco will bring to life the history, tradition and culture of Jewish Morocco - a fascinating meeting place of East and West.
Program Land Cost: $5900* (plus Individual level or above Jewish Museum membership fee). *Per person, based on double occupancy.
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Read about the past Travel U: One Day Seminar on the Jews of Morocco. more
September 4-16, 2011
There is mystery in these storied cities of Eastern Europe and beauty beyond compare. Their histories are deep and long, full of periods of turbulence and tragedy, but also those of enlightenment, prosperity and astonishing cultural achievement. All of them were once great centers of Jewish culture. This trip is a unique opportunity not only to visit the must-see wonders like Prague’s castle and Krakow’s Tempel Synagogue, but to gain substantial knowledge about the rich Jewish history of the region.
Program Land Cost: $6,550* (plus an Individual level or above Jewish Museum membership fee). After March 30, $6,800. *Per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement $1,650. Gratuities: $125 additional. Limited to 30 participants.
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May 1-12, 2011
Ireland, blessed with a magnificent landscape, is a country rich in spirit and history. It encompasses legends, Celtic myth and music and layer upon layer of different cultures. While Jewish settlers in Ireland are known to date back to the 12th century, it was not until 1660 that the first Synagogue was founded – a small prayer room opposite Dublin Castle. Bolstered by significant immigration from Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century, Jews have played important roles in Irish society – from Lord Mayors in Belfast, Dublin and Cork, to members of Parliament, the diplomatic service, and the world of commerce and trade.
The 2011 Jewish Museum tour of Ireland will bring to life the heritage and tradition of the Jews of Ireland and explore the origins and nature of their unique experience. We will meet its warm and friendly people and enjoy discussions with leading Jewish figures and local Jewish communities. Experience Ireland’s breathtaking landscape, rugged coastline and verdant countryside – abundant with wildflowers and splendid vistas.
Program Land Cost: $5,650* (plus Jewish Museum membership fee for non-member) *Per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement $1,350. Gratuities: $125 additional. Limited to 30 participants.
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Southern Spain: Jewish Statesmen & Scholars of Andalucia
October 23-November 3, 2010
Culturally, artistically and linguistically the Jews of Spain can be credited with some of the richest traditions in Jewish history. Spain was the site of the most exceptional Hebrew poetry created during the Golden Age of Hebrew literature-even rabbis wrote poetry of love, wine and friendship.
We invite you to join The Jewish Museum's journey to southern Spain, where we will visit the historic synagogues of Toledo, the medieval synagogue of Cordoba (a city still associated with Maimonides), and explore the grandeur of Granada with its magnificant Alhambra palace. Along the way we'll learn about the Golden Age of Spain and the heroic personalities who assured Sephardic creativity and survival.
Progam Land Cost: $5,950 (plus $75 Jewish Museum Membership for non-members) *Per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement available: $1,750. Gratuities: $125 additional. Limited to 30 participants.
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Sarajevo & Croatia: A Cross Section of Jewish Culture
October 6-18, 2010
Croatia sits at the crossroads of Europe, where East and West begin to blend. Jewish culture in the region represents another cross section with Jews from Sephardi and Askenazi origins having lived on the Dalmatian coast since Roman times, while Jewish communities in Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb can be traced to the 14th century.
Accompanied by Professor Jane Gerber and experienced guide Lucy Rapoport, the itinerary includes Sarajevo, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and the spectacular Dalmatian Coast. Along the way, we will meet members of renewed Jewish communities; travel through the Croatian countryside; visit outstanding museums; view architecture unique to the area; learn the secrets of the famous Sarajevo Haggadah; and stay at some of the most charming hotels in Europe. Please join us on this unique, exotic adventure.
Program Land Cost: $5,600* (plus $75 Jewish Museum Membership for non-members) *Per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $1,400. Gratuities: $125 additional. Limited to 25 participants.
Click here to download the itinerary for the trip to Zagreb, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik.
February 21-March 4, 2010
Egypt - a country ancient, yet contemporary, mixing aspects of the past and the present - a wonderful combination of myth and realism! Among highlights, this special trip will encompass Cairo (including its renowned Museum, and the Pyramids of Giza); Alexandria (second city of the Roman Empire - whose incredibly rich Jewish history dates back to the time of Alexander the Great) and a fabled cruise along the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. During the course of our travels in Egypt, we will hear from knowledgeable experts, learn a great deal about Egypt’s monumental art and archaeology, and follow the mythical Nile as it weaves its way from Aswan to Edfu, Kom Ombo and Luxor (Egypt's ancient capital). Join us on this deluxe Jewish heritage tour of Egypt!
Price: $4,950 (plus a selected Jewish Museum membership fee for nonmembers)
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March 3-16, 2010
India is fascinating, not only for its sacred cow, the Taj Mahal and Hinduism, but it is also the least known and most benevolent of Jewish Diasporas. Jews have lived in India for over 2,000 years without facing a trace of anti-Semitism. The Jewish Museum Heritage Tour of India II will include touring the exotic cities of Mumbai (Bombay), Cochin, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur as well as meetings with fascinating Jewish communities and discovering unknown secrets of the Jewish experience in India. The program is superb; the hotels are among the finest in the world and our accompanying scholar, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the Jewish experience in India.
This trip is limited to 26 participants.
Price: $8,800 (plus a selected Jewish Museum membership fee for nonmembers)
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Croatia and Trieste
October 25-November 6, 2009
Embarking with Professor Raymond Scheindlin and trip leader Dr. Aryeh Maidenbaum, they begin their travels in Trieste before journeying to Croatia – where its Jewish community dates back to the third century. Some of the highlights of this trip include visits to Zagreb, the historical and elegant capital of Croatia, the impressive Falls of Kirka National Park, Split (with a Synagogue dating back to the 16th century which is still in use), Trogir (a UNESCO “world heritage site”) and Dubrovnik, “Pearl of the Adriatic,” with its ancient city walls and Synagogue – built in 1408 and said to be one of the oldest in Europe.
October 10-October 20, 2009
The portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch and the response of emigration to the United States - was the major focus of the journey. The trip may not have conveyed all the answers. But their visit to today's Germany, accompanied by an experienced historian, brought them greater understanding of this ancestral saga, and provide an enjoyable, enriching experience.
Participation in the museum's travel program is open to members at the Individual ($75) level and above. Members at the Patron ($1,000) level and above receive priority registration opportunities for all Museum travel programs. If you are not currently a member, but would like to become one so that you may participate in the Travel Program, you can do so by going to Membership Online
For more information, please contact the travel office at 845.256.0194, or fax to 845.256.0196.